President Yoweri Museveni has commended Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe and the entire leadership of the South Ankole diocese for preaching unity for development among the people despite their religious affiliation.
He said this was in line with the National Resistance Movement ideals that are against any form of sectarianism including religious sectarianism but are focused on uniting all Ugandans to work for national development.
The President was today speaking during Easter Mass at St. Mathew Cathedral Kyamate in Ntungamo district where he was accompanied by the First Lady who is also Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Kataha Museveni.
“I have heard you overtime and your messages are very clear and positive because they preach unity and don’t divide the population. We were forced to send away all religious leaders from all military barracks because their messages to the army were largely divisive and could not be tolerated in the army and am happy the messages from the church today emphasize religious unity,” he said.
He expressed gratitude at the plan by the South Ankole diocese to undertake development projects that will generate income for the diocese for the good work, continuity and enhancement of God’s work and pledged the government support in that endeavor.
The President used the occasion to appeal to the population to work and boost their household income noting that household poverty was the major challenge facing the country today.
“Every house hold should become a commercial union,” he said and warned against land fragmentation due to negative inheritance practices which he said affects land productivity.
He asked them to use their land optimally by engaging in activities such as the growing of cost effective enterprises such as fruits, coffee, matooke, dairy cattle, poultry and piggery for commercial purposes and for food security.
The Hon. First Lady Mrs. Janet Museveni hailed the people of Ntungamo district for their hard working spirit that stimulated development in the district. She commended Bishop Ahimbisibwe for the excellent leadership that has sowed the seeds of love in the diocese.
In his summon Bishop Ahimbisibwe said that just like Jesus who came to earth with a mission to save the world, every person was created by God to fulfill a certain mission and everybody should endeavor to find the purpose of his life and work to realize it.
He hailed President Museveni for sighing the anti-homosexuality bill into law to defend Ugandans from the negative foreign vices that are out to destroy the African society and norms. He said that it was an act of bravely and sobriety on his part as a leader.
Bishop Ahimbisibwe also reported on a number of activities that the South Ankole diocese is set to undertake that include starting a SACCO for the diocese, building a mission hospital, launching of a tree planting campaign in the diocese and carrying out a poverty eradication campaign in the district.